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  • Top Stories of 2014 No. 5: Lady Bearcat fever takes over Anderson County

    From staff reports

    What an incredible run the Anderson County Lady Bearcats gave the community in girls’ high school basketball.

    With most of the Class of 2014 playing varsity basketball since the eighth grade, they compiled a career record of 129 wins against 33 losses.

    For virtually their entire junior and senior seasons, the Lady Bearcats were ranked at the top of the Eighth Region and were considered one of Kentucky’s top five teams. For a good portion of the 2013-14 season, Anderson County was ranked No. 1 in the state.

  • Top Stories of 2014 No. 6: Cram sentenced for murder; Branson for manslaughter

    From staff reports

    Two men charged in a pair of murders were sentenced to prison in 2014.

    Terrance Cram, who murdered his landlord, Tena McNeely in 2011, was sentenced to a total of 25 years in prison in June.

    In a separate case, Timothy Branson was received 20 years in prison in the shooting death of his wife, Modena Sutton Branson after accepting a plea deal to have his murder charge reduced to manslaughter.

  • Top Stories of 2014 No. 7: New health department clinic first of its kind in Kentucky

    From staff reports

    Tim Wright saw an opportunity and seized it.

    When the director of the Anderson County Health Department found out that a local medical practice was going out of business this summer, leaving thousands with primary medical care, Wright was bound and determined to do something about.

    By fall, Wright and his staff unveiled the Anderson County Health Department Family Care Clinic, becoming the first health department in Kentucky to offer primary care services to the general public.

  • Top Stories of 2014 No. 8 ‘Dairy Grinch’ captured after skipping town in 2011

    From staff reports

    Former employees of the defunct Dairy Cheer restaurant got an early Christmas present this year when the woman they claim stiffed them out of thousands of dollars in pay three years earlier was finally behind bars.

    Dubbed “Dairy Grinch” by employees furious that she closed the restaurant and skipped town without paying them, Lou Compton, 68, was arrested in late October in Detroit after Det. Bryan Taylor of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office used social media to track her down.

  • Top Stories of 2014 No. 9: Fire Chief Barnes hangs up his ax after 10 years at helm

    From staff reports

    He was a constant at all wrecks, fires and seemingly every emergency scene for more than a decade.

    In November, though, Anderson County Fire Chief Mike Barnes hung up his turnout gear for the final time when he retired, leaving a void that has yet to be filled.

    “It’s been coming for a while,” Barnes said at the time. “My wife and I have been discussing since May.”

  • Top Stories of 2014 No. 10: High school softball team returns to state tourney

    From staff reports

    Everyone who follows Kentucky high school softball knew Anderson County would be very good in 2014. The only question was how good?

    With only two seniors on the team and a new coach, Brent Aldridge, being thrust into the position when former coach Brian Glass had to give up his job due to anti-nepotism laws – Glass’ brother was named the school principal before the 2013-14 school year – the question was how Anderson would react under pressure.

  • Conway, Ruggles bid farewell to fiscal court

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    With a large pot of Joe Denny’s famous beans and other goodies waiting to be served, outgoing Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway, his voice cracking near the end, said his goodbyes last Tuesday at the conclusion of what could be his final meeting of the Anderson County Fiscal Court.

    “I know I got spanked but the pressure’s off,” said Conway, who was soundly defeated in his re-election bid last month by Obrey Gritton.

  • Sides brace for ruling in lawsuit vs. library

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    An answer could be coming within the next few weeks regarding a lawsuit filed against the Anderson Public Library that alleges its board of trustees has illegally set its tax rate for the past three decades.

    The Kentucky Court of Appeals heard arguments last week on nearly identical suits filed in Campbell and Kenton counties that seek to have millions of dollars in taxes refunded and to force libraries formed by petition, like Anderson’s, to follow the law when raising or lowering tax rates.

  • For the love of pizza

    By Shelley Spillman

    News staff

    As a teenager, Troy Settles had his life planned out.

    The ambitious Settles worked hard to pursue a career in ministry, earning a scholarship at Campbellsville University to study Christian education, but his plans changed when he started working for Pizza Hut at the age of 17. Settles knew he had found his niche.

    “I felt like this is the direction I wanted to go,” he said.

  • 100 birthdays on 100 Christmas Eves

    By John Herndon

    Sports Editor

    Amid all the flurry of Christmas activity, the inundation of “must haves” and the reminders of the “can’t do withouts,” Lueticia Turner offers her recipe for a feast of Christmas joy.

    “I want my kids to be able to come see me,” says Mrs. Turner, an Anderson County resident who will be celebrating her 100th Christmas on Thursday.

    That’s one day after Mrs. Turner turns the page on a century of life. She was born on Dec. 24, 1914.